Anne (painandstrife) wrote,


Did some holiday shopping. I took care of the "easy" people on my list. I always split it into three parts. Easy, hard, and expensive. Expensive is anything over $50, and this year I only have one. Hard is anyone that I have to give a lot of thought to. Basically people closest to me. Easy is all those minor friends and relatives whose gifts are just little things that are more like tokens of affection/friendship than anything else. So, the easy list is taken care of with the usual hodgepodge of stuff.

At least money hasn't turned out to be as much of a problem as I thought. My grandparents gave me $100 over Thanksgiving, and my uncle another $150 for watching his baby the next day while he went to the office on emergency. Hey, I earned it, of course, but it was still a good bit of luck.

Not to be cynical or anything, but I think my grandparents are feeling a tad guilty for the way they acted towards me in the past. Still, they have more money than they know what to do with, and if you saw the amount they throw at their other grandkids/great-grandkids, you'd know why I have no problem accepting. It's their way of feeling like things are better between us. They're not, but hey...
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